Nepali Journalists Threatened After Story on War-time Atrocity

The International Federation of Journalists

(IFJ) is alarmed to learn of death threats made to a Nepali journalist through

email, after he published a story in a local daily on a war-time atrocity of

2003, in which soldiers of the Nepal army are believed to have killed some

nineteen individuals on suspicion of involvement with the Maoist insurgency.

 

According to information received

from the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), an IFJ affiliate, Kathmandu-based

Ganesh Pandey received threats by email over a period of five days, from a

person who identified himself as Gyanbhi Gurung. This was after a story

appeared under Pandey’s byline in the Samacharpatra daily on August 20, in which the need for accountability for the war-time

atrocity, known locally as the Doramba incident, was underlined.

 

The FNJ has condemned these

threats which have been recurring in Nepal, despite the institution of a number

of options for grievance redressal over published and broadcast media content.

 

The IFJ endorses the FNJ demand that

the government take strong action against the person behind this series of

threats and address itself to the task of reassuring Pandey about his security.

 

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